Colombian Government Condemns FARC Dissidents for First Attack since Peace Deal

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Apr 10, 2017, 12:44 pm
disidencias de FARC realizan su primer atentando
Authorities said they think it was a FARC dissident group led by Miguel Botache Santanilla, also known as Gentil Duarte who carried out the attack. (Twitter)

EspañolAn attack was carried out in Colombia by FARC dissidents April 8, the first officially recorded in the country following the government’s peace deal with the guerrilla group.

A grenade was reportedly thrown at a vehicle transporting several soldiers in the southern department of Guaviare, leaving one dead and three wounded. They were transferred to El Retorno hospital nearby.

Authorities said they think a FARC dissident group led by Miguel Botache Santanilla, also known as Gentil Duarte, is responsible.

Though a peace agreement was signed between the government and FARC at the end of November following four years of discussion in Havana, Cuba, some did not accept its parameters, and were expelled from the group’s ranks.


President Juan Manuel Santos condemned the attack on Twitter, expressing solidarity to the families of victims. The president has been strongly criticized by the opposition due to a lack of any plan that would prevent new groups from rising up in territories abandoned by FARC.

Another soldier who went missing was found alive hours after the attack.

International Crisis Group estimates that there are around 400 dissident members from FARC.

Source: RCN Radio, El Heraldo

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.

Left-Winger AMLO Tells US to Stay out of Mexican Elections

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 10, 2017, 10:42 am

EspañolMexico's leading left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants a respectful, working relationship with the United States should he be elected, but also said it should keep its distance during elections. Lopez Obrador, commonly referred to as AMLO, said he intends to work with the US primarily on private sector investment that will be fundamental for economic growth. But for now, while elections are going on, the country should only be an onlooker. Last Sunday, the leader of the National Regeneration Movement Party — also known as Morena — met with his supporters to sign the Political Agreement for the Unity, Prosperity and Rebirth of Mexico, during which he asked the United States not to intervene in the 2018 electoral process. "We must be clear when we tell the US government: we were respectful during the last election campaign," he said. "We expect the same. Do not intervene in matters that only concern Mexicans."   googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   He accused presidential pre-candidate Margarita Zavala, who traveled to the United States to hold a meeting with Republican Senator John McCain, of attempting to gain favor with US officials. "A few days ago, the Secretary of Security of the United States declared that if the left won in Mexico, that would not be good for his country, as it is known that on some occasions, what is bad for them is good for us,"AMLO said. He said his political party will provide priority assistance to the poor, but will also serve the middle class as well as small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. He also promised not to increase taxes. Read More: The Case for Demanding a Recount in Ecuador’s Presidential Election Read More: Venezuelan Assemblymen Accuse Public Defender of Complicity in Coup Last week, Governor of the Central Bank of Mexico Agustín Carstens said Mexican finances are not ready to increase spending or reestablish subsidies. "We are going to invite investors to participate," AMLO said in response. "We cannot promote Mexico's development with public investment. We will invite private investment as seed capital, like when I was head of Mexico City's government." Source: El Universal

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